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Japan calls on North Korea to resume abduction probe

Toukyo - Japan has voiced frustration at North Korea's decision to scrap an investigation into its past abductions of Japanese citizens.

Fossil fish with enormous mouth unearthed by paleontologists

Chicago - Lurking in Cretaceous seas, Rhinconichthys was an ominous-looking fish with an enormous jaw that it could swing shut to capture food. But it was only dangerous if you were plankton.

Getting away with murder: Is Japan's low autopsy rate hiding killers?

Toukyo - Dubbed the "Black Widow" after the mate-eating spider, Chisako Kakehi awaits trial: Initially arrested on suspicion of murdering eight lovers for insurance payouts, her case is notorious in Japan as much for its body count as the shortcomings of the in...

Fukushima chief confident new disaster won't threaten clean-up

- The chief of Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear power plant warned Wednesday that the biggest risk the crippled facility faces is another major earthquake and tsunami -- though insisted the chaos of nearly five years ago won't be repeated.

Volcano in southern Japan erupts in fiery show of nature

Toukyo - A volcano in southern Japan dramatically erupted Friday, with television footage showing fiery bursts of super hot rock and ash rushing down its slopes, though authorities said it posed no immediate danger to populated areas.

World’s largest solar farm planned for Japan

Tokyo - Solar power is one of the leading ‘alternative energy’ technologies. Japan, which has long favored nuclear power solutions, is to construct the world’s largest solar power plant.

Japan arrests reported North Korean spy for alleged fraud

Toukyo - Japanese police on Wednesday said its special unit that deals with alleged espionage arrested an ethnic Korean resident on suspicion of fraud -- as local media reported he was acting as a spy for North Korea.

Japan says will destroy North Korea missile if threat to territory

Toukyo - Japan said Wednesday it would destroy a North Korean missile if it threatened to fall on its territory, after Pyongyang announced it planned to launch a space rocket this month.

N. Korea rocket plan a serious provocation: Japan PM

Toukyo - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday condemned Pyongyang's plan to launch a rocket, calling it "a serious provocation" that would violate UN Security Council resolutions.

Japan turns on third nuclear reactor since post-Fukushima ban

Toukyo - Japan on Friday restarted its third nuclear reactor since a country-wide shutdown in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in 2011, after a court ruled it was safe despite opposition from local residents.

Emperor Akihito visits Japanese troop shrine in Philippines

Yook - Japanese Emperor Akihito offered flowers Friday at a shrine built in the Philippines for Japanese soldiers killed during Japan's brutal World War II occupation of the Southeast Asian nation.

Japan economy minister Amari quits over graft claims

Toukyo - Japan's economy minister Akira Amari said Thursday he was stepping down over graft allegations, dealing a major blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who faces a key leadership vote later this year."Considering my responsibility as a member of parliament.....

Speculation mounts of imminent N. Korea rocket launch

Washington - Speculation mounted Friday that North Korea is preparing a rocket or long-range missile launch to follow its recent nuclear test, with Japan reportedly ordering its military to shoot down any projectile that threatened its territory.

Former Korean sex slave blasts Japan over 'comfort women' deal

Toukyo - A South Korean woman forced into sexual slavery for Japanese soldiers more than 70 years ago heaped scorn on Wednesday on an agreement between Tokyo and Seoul aimed at settling the so-called comfort women issue.

Japan's Akihito visits Philippine WWII cemetery

Manila - Japanese Emperor Akihito bowed his head in sorrow during a sombre ceremony at the Philippines' biggest war cemetery Wednesday as he vowed never to forget the many Filipinos killed during World War II.

Peru's Fujimori back in jail after health scare

- Former Peruvian President left hospital Tuesday after a health scare and returned to prison, where he is serving a 25-year sentence for corruption and human rights violations.

Malaysia confirms Thailand debris not from MH370

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia confirmed Tuesday that debris found on the coast of southern Thailand was not from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, laying to rest one question but leaving the fate of the missing airliner still shrouded in mystery.

Philippines' WWII sex slaves demand justice from Japan

Manila - Ninety-year-old Hilaria Bustamante casts a tearful gaze at a wall plastered with photos of departed fellow sex slaves, vowing to demand justice during a historic visit to the Philippines by Japan's emperor starting Tuesday.

Peru's jailed ex-president Fujimori hospitalized

- Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori, who is serving a 25-year prison term for corruption and human rights violations, has been hospitalized, officials said Monday, the latest in a string of health crises.

Japan firm say debris found in Thailand 'likely' rocket not jet

Amphoe Hankha - A metal panel that washed up on the Thai coast is "likely" to be from a rocket, a Japanese manufacturer said Monday, pouring cold water on speculation it comes from a missing Malaysian Airways jet.

Anti-base Okinawa candidate loses key mayoral poll: media

Toukyo - A candidate backed by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed victory in a mayoral election in Okinawa on Sunday, beating an opponent of a planned new US military base there.

Japan's Akihito heads to Philippines in latest stop on peace parade

Toukyo - Japan's ageing Emperor Akihito travels to the Philippines this week to visit World War II memorials, his latest pacifist pilgrimage which appears increasingly at odds with the government's rightward drift.

Japan accepts 27 refugees last year, rejects 99 percent

Toukyo - Japan accepted only 27 refugees last year and rejected almost all applications, officials said Saturday, as rights groups urged the government to allow more people in.

S. Korean academic pleads not guilty to defaming 'comfort women'

Seoul - A South Korean academic accused of writing a book that defamed wartime sex slaves denied the charge in court on Wednesday, insisting her work was in the public interest.

Death toll from Japan bus crash rises to 15: Police

Toukyo - The death toll in Japan's worst bus accident in 25 years has risen to 15, police said Tuesday, as they struggle to determine why the vehicle veered off a mountain road it was not supposed to be on.

Japan marks 21 years since killer Kobe quake

Toukyo - Japan on Sunday marked the 21st anniversary of a devastating earthquake in the western city of Kobe that killed more than 6,400 people, as bereaved families looked to keep memories of the victims alive.

US, allies press China to back resolution over N. Korea nuclear test

Toukyo - Japan, South Korea and the United States on Saturday ratcheted up pressure on China to support the "strongest possible" punishment against North Korea, following Pyongyang's nuclear test earlier this month.

Japan bus company in deadly crash 'violated safety regulations': Local media

Toukyo - A Japanese bus operator whose vehicle plunged off a mountain road, killing 14 people and injuring dozens more, is suspected by officials of violating safety regulations, local media reported Saturday.

14 dead after Japan ski bus hurtles off mountain road

Toukyo - Fourteen people were killed and dozens injured when their bus plunged off a mountain road in Japan on its way to a ski resort, in the country's worst such accident for 25 years.

Japan lawmaker says 'comfort women' were 'prostitutes'

Toukyo - A Japanese lawmaker Thursday said wartime sex slaves forced to work for Japan's Imperial Army were "professional prostitutes", before he was forced to retract the remarks and issue an apology, local media reported.
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